Explore Easter Ross

Easter Ross

As romantic as it is historic

With its seaboard villages, Easter Ross is full of history and romance – an area blessed with a fabulous pictish past, unsurpassed views from the Fyrish monument and seals basking along the shoreline. Learn how whisky is made– Easter Ross is home to three malt whisky distilleries!

Easter Ross Map

Easter Ross sits on the east coast of the North Coast 500 and offers unparalleled views across the waters to Aberdeenshire which can be seen from the shores of Portmahomack, Milton and Cadboll. Explore the fishing villages along the east coast + find out what else you can get up to in Easter Ross.

For more information,check out www.exploreeasterross.co.uk

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Photos: Andrew Dowsett Photography: Tarbat Ness Lighthouse, Rockfield, Portmoahmack, Invergordon


Discover the attractions in Easter Ross worth that extra mile

Whilst we hope to promote the North Coast 500 as a designated route throughout the North Highlands of Scotland, we really want everyone to explore the places in and near the route too! There are hundreds of things to see and do that require that extra mile for the whole Highland experience!

Go ‘off the beaten track’ and discover the towns, villages and hamlets off the route. Discover your own hidden gems. Check out our itineraries for inspiration and our ‘what to see and do area’ of our website.


Handy Information about your adventure

  • Easter Ross is situated along the east coast on the A9
  • Train lines flow through most of the towns via Inverness
  • The Pictish Trail  flows through Easter Ross and brings together all of the carvings and marks left by the lost people.

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Highland Museum of Childhood

Highland Museum of Childhood, The Old Station, Strathpeffer, IV14 9DH
+44 (0)1997 421 031

The museum is located in Strathpeffer’s charming old Victorian station where trains brought visitors to the village in it’s heyday as a spa. Telling the story of childhood across the Highlands of Scotland, the displays reflect the stories of children, crofters and townsfolk and explore the customs and traditions. Themes include Birth and Baptism, Health […]

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The Shandwick Stone

The Shandwick Stone, Shandwick Trust, Tain, IV20 1UT
+44(0)1862 893 798

The Shandwick Stone (Clach a’Charridh) has stood majestically overlooking the Moray Firth for over 1000 years. One of three beautifully carved Pictish/early Christian cross slabs still in Easter Ross.

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George Cockburn & Son

George Cockburn & Son, 19 Mill Street, Dingwall, IV15 9PZ
+44 (0)1349 862 315

We are a long established family butchers shop. We sell locally reared beef,lamb and pork as well as seasonal game when available. All our products from sausages and burgers to our renowned steak pies are produced in our shop. It was in 1976 that we received national recognition for winning the title of Scotland’s first […]

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The Real Sweets & Gift Company

The Real Sweets & Gift Company, The Pump Room, Strathpeffer, IV14 9DY
+44 (0)7801 759 217

The Real Sweets & Gift Company are situated in the historic Strathpeffer Spa Pump Room. An independent business providing a Giftshop & Gallery with an eclectic mix of unique & unusual gifts. Particularly promoting work by Highland based professional Artists & Crafters in the gallery, with a selection of other quality gifts too. In the […]

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Glenmorangie House

Glenmorangie House, Cadboll, by Fearn, Tain, IV20 1XP
+44 (0)1862 871 671

Overlooking the unspoilt shores of the Moray Firth and nestled amongst the ruins of an old castle, Glenmorangie’s Highland home is both luxurious and intimate. With everything you would expect from a 5-star hotel, but with the warmth and personality of a country house party, this really is a special place to come and experience […]

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Seaboard Breaks

Seaboard Breaks, Broomtown Farm, Balintore, IV20 1XN
+44 (0)1862 842 552

This recently constructed Scandinavian pine log cabin is situated 10 minutes walk from the beautiful sandy beaches of the Seaboard Villages of Shandwick, Balintore and Hilton in Easter Ross. The cabin is positioned in trees adjacent to a working farm and offers stunning views West to Ben Wyvis and North to the hills and mountains […]

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Glenmorangie Distillery Visitor Centre

Glenmorangie Distillery Visitor Centre, Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain, IV19 1PZ
+44 (0)1862 892 477

Amidst the golden barley fields of Ross-shire, and on the banks of the Dornoch firth, lies the Glenmorangie Distillery. Here you will find a warm Highland welcome from the legendary Men of Tain, the skilled craftsmen who ensure that Glenmorangie is created in the same unhurried and uncompromising way it has always been since 1843. […]

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RSPB Scotland Nigg Bay Nature Reserve

RSPB Nigg Bay, Tain IV19, UK
+44 (0)1463 715 000

Nigg Bay reserve is a vast area of mudflat, saltmarsh and wet grassland that lies along the NC500 route. It is located within the Cromarty Firth Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Protection area. Take a seat in the well placed hide and listen to the ‘bubbling’ call of the curlew, gaze at graceful […]

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Crazy Horse Coffee Shop & Diner

Crazy Horse Coffee Shop & Diner, 74 High Street, Invergordon, IV18 0DL
+44 (0)1349 852 030

Chefs specials. Breakfast & Brunch menus. Quality ground coffee & specialist teas. Home baked cakes & country style soups. Locally reared haggis, neeps & tatties. Local Banter! Invergordon is located just 25 miles north of Inverness on the Cromarty Firth North-shore. Explore the Invergordon Murals and Naval Museum. Maybe see one of the huge cruise […]

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Delny Glamping

Delny House, Delny, Invergordon IV18 0NP
+44 (0)7714 432 292

Surrounded by rolling mountains and highland wild life. Enjoy the unique experience of sleeping under the highland stars with the Cromarty Firth as your backdrop. Whether your stay at Delny glamping is to catch up on some much-needed family time or for a couple’s romantic getaway, this is definitely the place for you. Delny Glamping […]

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Burnside Cottage, Blarich Estate

Burnside Cottage Blarich Estate Rogart Sutherland IV28 3UB
+44 (0)1349 880 120

Lovely clean, two storey, large private cottage on the picturesque 400 acre Blarich Estate in the Highlands. Sleeps up to 7 people. The cottage has all modern utilities. It’s just 10 minutes drive off the main A9 and coast road, 54 miles north of Inverness city centre. Just a few minutes’ drive away there is […]

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The Courtyard Cafe & Cakery

The Courtyard Café and Cakery, Harper's House, Harper's Court, Dingwall, IV15 9HT
+44 (0)1349 866 062

Welcome to The Courtyard Cafe & Cakery. Our aim is to provide you with delicious uncomplicated food made from high quality, fresh ingredients. Our menu consists of soups, sandwiches, paninis and “light lunches”. We also have a mouth watering array of cakes, biscuits, loaves and traybakes all baked “with love” daily on our premises here […]

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TroutQuest

TroutQuest, Dalgheal House, Dingwall, IV16 9XH
+44 (0)1349 830 606

TroutQuest offers fly fishing experiences for salmon and wild brown trout on numerous rivers and lochs in Ross-shire, and guided excursions throughout the Northern Highlands and along the North Coast 500 route. We offer GAIC-qualified fly fishing instruction for trout and salmon, fishing experiences for beginners or experienced anglers, and specialise in custom ‘Learn to […]

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Toulvaddie Distillery

Toulvaddie Distillery, Fearn Aerodrome, Fearn, IV20 1XW
+44 (0)1862 808 138

First Scotch Whisky Distillery to be founded soley by a woman. Producing Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

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GlenWyvis Distillery

GlenWyvis Distillery, GlenWyvis Basecamp, 4 High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9HL
+44 (0)1349 862 005

GlenWyvis Distillery is the world’s first 100% community-owned distillery – raising over £2.5m in just 77 days! While we finish building it, we’ve set up GlenWyvis Basecamp in Dingwall. It’s your starting point to discover more about GlenWyvis Gin, our plans for GlenWyvis Whisky, and our local heritage tours. By investing in GlenWyvis, our 2,600 […]

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Coul House Hotel

Coul House Hotel, Contin, By Strathpeffer, IV14 9ES
+44 (0)1997 421 487

Coul House is a beautiful country house secluded in the hills above Contin, Ross-shire. Centrally located in the Northern Highlands of Scotland, it is the perfect place to base oneself to rediscover all the romance and beauty of the area. Coul House has 23 en-suite bedrooms. NC500 Member Discount Available: Guaranteed Lowest B&B rate when […]

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Applecross Beach

Sands beach is approximately 4 miles from Applecross, and definitely the best beach in the area. It was the home of TV presenter Monty Halls during his popular TV series in 2009 with a large sandy beach, sand dune, and shallow sandy bay it will definitely give the kids a good run around. On your […]

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Black Rock Caravan Park

Black Rock Caravan Park, Balconie Street, Evanton, IV16 9UN
+44 (0)1349 830 917

A whole new experience! We are situated near the start and end of your NC500 travels. Located in the scenic Glen Glass and named after the close by Black Rock Gorge, a 120 foot deep chasm carved out by the River Glass. Our park is situated in the village of Evanton, about 1 mile from the […]

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Nigg Old Church

Nigg Old Church, Castlecraig House, Nigg, Tain, IV19 1QS
+44 (0)1862 851 222

Nigg Old Church is a fine example of a Scottish parish church containing a magnificient Pictish monument dating from the eighth century. This church is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm, 1st April to 31st October.

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Highland Supercars

Kilvannie Manor, Fodderty, Strathpeffer, IV14 9AD
+44 (0)1463 210 213

Tour the North Coast 500 in style with Highland Supercars. Fantastic cars and a wonderful service. The car was ready and waiting for us with everything we needed. It was the Only way to do the North Coast 500! Thank you to all at Highland Supercars. – James Cox You can choose from our superb […]

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Kincraig Castle Hotel

Kincraig Castle Hotel, Near Tomich, By Invergordon, Ross-shire, IV18 0LF
+44 (0)1349 852 587

As you journey along the tree-lined drive, between open fields, Kincraig Castle creates a striking first impression. This luxurious 4 star country house hotel overlooking the ‘Black Isle’ is country classic without the stuffiness. It’s an idyllic place for a romantic retreat and a favourite with families seeking a relaxing break with a dash of […]

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Picaresque Books & Galerie Fantoosh

Picaresque Books & Galerie Fantoosh, 55 High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9HL
+44 (0)1349 863 140

Book Shop & Gallery well worth a visit. Paintings and prints, new and old books with an emphasis on the Highlands. Local crafts, ceramics, other collectibles including maps and jewellery

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Sports and Model Shop

Sports and Model Shop, 66 High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9RY
+44 (0)1349 862 346

Daily and weekly fishing permits available for the River Conon. Fishing tackle and bait available. We are also one of only 5 model shops in Scotland- well worth a visit.   NC500 Member Discount Available: 10% off RRP Proof of Membership required (Membership card or welcome email).

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Mid Dalnaclach Self Catering Accommodation

Mid Dalnaclach Self Catering Accommodation, Mid Dalnaclach, Lamington, Invergordon, IV18 0PE
+44 (0)7734 816 995

Self catering accommodation sleeping 12 in a quite rural location near Tain, Ross-Shire. Please visit here for bookings. Winter Opening Hours: Open for winter all year round

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Tarbat Discovery Centre

Tarbat Discovery Centre, Tarbatness Road, Portmahomack, Tain, IV20 1YA
+44 (0)1862 891 351

Tarbat Discovery Centre is a local heritage museum, learning and activity centre situated on the Tarbat Peninsula, and set within the attractive fishing village of Portmahomack. The site was excavated in the 90s by the University of York and is of national significance being one of the earliest Christian sites in Britain dating from the […]

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Dornoch Firth Caravan Park

Dornoch Firth Caravan Park, Meikle Ferry South, Tain, IV19 1JX
+44 (0)1862 892 292

Dornoch Firth Caravan Park is a peaceful, family-owned holiday park in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Set amongst picturesque rural and coastal scenery, the park enjoys expansive views of the beautiful Dornoch Firth. It is easily accessible, just off the A9 and only 45 minutes north of Inverness. The park makes an ideal base […]

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Novar Arms Hotel

Novar Arms Hotel, 11 Balconie Street, Evanton, Dingwall, IV16 9UN
+44 (0)1349 830 012

The Novar Arms provides serviced accommodation, supplying superior rooms to the oil industry. The accommodation consitis of 18 twin bedrooms and 4 single bedrooms, all with en-suite shower rooms.

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North Coast Classics

Unit 2, 6 Fodderty Way, Dingwall, IV15 9XB
+44 (0)7889 671 812

North Coast Classics offer self-drive classic car hire in the Highlands of Scotland. Our hire fleet currently comprises a 1964 Volvo Amazon 122S, a 1978 MGB Roadster, and a 1973 Volvo 1800ES sports estate, all excellent and reliable cars for a NC500 road trip. Check our website for more details of our cars, availability and […]

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The Drover’s Rest Cafe

The Drover's Rest Cafe, Dingwall & Highland Marts Limited, Humberston, Bailechaul Road, Dingwall, IV15 9TP
+44(0)1349 864 842

Located within a working livestock auction mart The Drovers Rest cafe is a self-service cafe offering homemade and locally sourced hot dishes, snacks, breakfast, home baking and drinks to eat in or take away. Ideally situated at either the start or end of the route with ample free parking. There is also the Drover exhibition […]

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The Storehouse Restaurant and Farm Shop

The Storehouse Restaurant and Farm Shop, Foulis Ferry, Evanton, IV16 9UX
+44 (0)1349 830 038

Situated near the start – or end of the North Coast 500! The Storehouse restaurant, farm shop and gift shop is located on the banks of the Cromarty Firth, enclosed in a fully-restored 18th century storehouse. Restaurant Our self-service restaurant is popular among locals and visitors! Renowned throughout the area for our delicious food – from […]

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Liquid Footprints

IV15 9LY
+44 (0)7768 095 228

We are a wee family-run business offering a range of outdoor experiences such as canoeing, sea kayaking, gorge scrambling and mountain guiding. Discover the amazing landscape, food and history of the Scottish Highlands via these unique activities. All of our sessions are tailor-made to you and your group’s requirements. We also have a range of […]

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Tain & District Museum

Tain & District Museum, Tower Street, Tain, IV19 1DY
+44 (0)1862 894 089

Tain & District Museum and Clan Ross Center opens the door to the history of Tain, an ancient royal burgh in the north of the Highlands of Scotland. It is set in a complex of three buildings; a medieval collegiate church, a museum, and a visitor centre in an old schoolhouse, all within an atmospheric […]

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Pitcalzean House

Pitcalzean House, Pitcalnie, Near Tain, IV19 1QT
+44 (0)7824 536 446

Close to Tain Pitcalzean House is a Georgian Country House offering exclusive use self catering accommodation. Suitable for a large group of friends / family or, NC500 tour groups, or perhaps a Business get together. The main house on its own can accommodate up to 22 persons comfortably, with the additional beds in the dormitory […]

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Wemyss House

Wemyss House, Bayfield, By Tain, IV19 1QW
+44 (0)1862 851 212

Award winning bed and breakfast, Wemyss House is in a rural location overlooking the Cromarty Firth to the mountains beyond. A Michelin listed ‘Top Pick’ B&B in Scotland, Wemyss House has two king doubles and a super king / twin all en-suite with everything provided for your comfort. Enjoy afternoon tea/coffee and home made cake […]

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Novar Fishing Partnership

Novar Fishings, Novar Estate Office, Dingwall, IV16 9XL
+44 (0)1349 830 606

Salmon & trout fishing on the Novar beats of the River Alness. Day permits available. Optional instruction & guiding services. Advanced booking is essential.

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Alness Golf Club

Alness Golf Club, Ardross Road, Alness, IV17 0QA
+44 (0)1349 883 877

Alness Golf Club in Alness offers an extremely varied programme no matter what time of year it is.

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Holly Lodge B&B and Self Catering

Holly Lodge B&B and Self Catering, Golf Course Road, Strathpeffer, IV14 9AR
+44 (0)1997 423 313

One bedroom Self Catering cottage situated in the grounds of Holly Lodge in Strathpeffer. An excellent base for touring the west or east coast. We also welcome pets. Opening Hours: Open all year

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The Selkie Lady – Diana Bertoldi

3, Swordale Steading South Evanton,, Dingwall, IV16 9XA
+44 (0)7814 519 934

Our guide and driver services, to make your staying Scotland truly magical and unforgettable. From Outlander to history, from Castles to Whisky, live the Land like no other. Find your favourite tour among the ones on my website or contact me to design your bespoke dream tour. Families with children and specially gifted guests are […]

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The Old Manse Bed & Breakfast

The Old Manse Bed and Breakfast, Kildary, Invergordon, IV18 0NZ
+44 (0)1862 842 357

The Old Manse circa 1780s is set in large woodland gardens, just off the A9. We offer three spacious bedrooms, two doubles, one with ensuite the other with large private bathroom, not shared, and a twin with ensuite. There is ample secure parking with lockable storage for bikes/motorbikes. Tain, Scotland’s oldest Royal Burgh, is five […]

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Seaboard Memorial Hall

Seaboard Memorial Hall, East Street, Balintore, Tain, IV20 1UA
+44 (0)1862 832 888

The Seaboard Centre caters for all travellers and tourists to the Highlands. We are perfectly positioned in the picturesque Seaboard Villages with spectacular views of the Moray Firth. As a central part of the Pictish trail, we are home to the original base of the Hilton of Cadboll Pictish Stone and the famous Mermaid of […]

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